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The First Family Network is based at First Baptist Church of Orange Park. First Family Network is led by Pastor David Tarkington and included multi-site campuses and church plants. First Family is based at First Baptist Church of Orange Park, FL.

The First Family Network is based at First Baptist Church of Orange Park. First Family Network is led by Pastor David Tarkington and included multi-site campuses and church plants. First Family is based at First Baptist Church of Orange Park, FL.
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The First Family Network is based at First Baptist Church of Orange Park. First Family Network is led by Pastor David Tarkington and included multi-site campuses and church plants. First Family is based at First Baptist Church of Orange Park, FL.








003 - Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3:4-15)

God gives Ezekiel the command to go tell. Then, he gives them the tools required for the task at hand. This is still true. God does not always call the equipped. Yet, he always equips the called...and every Christian is called.


002 - Ezekiel (Ezekiel 2:1 - 3:3)

God called Ezekiel to a task that would be one of the hardest, if not the most difficult of his life. This calling would not be fun. It would not be easy. It would not be immediately fruitful, but it was his calling. He had to choose to obey. God calls his children today in the very same way, but in an age of comfort and convenience, many end up saying "No" or "Use someone else" and the seemingly obedient children of God remain in sin. We can learn from Ezekiel. The question is "Do we really...


001 - Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1-28)

Ezekiel 1. The Old Testament book of Ezekiel can be overwhelming due to the visual imagery and the harsh prophecies. Yet, Christians today would benefit from the reading and study of this prophet and priest's book. God's glory is revealed in this first chapter, moving Ezekiel to worship. The same should be true today for all believers.


Who's Your One? (Luke 16:19-31)

When the rich man died and went to Hades, he looked across the chasm before him to see Lazarus, the poor beggar that slept outside his home standing in the arms of Abraham. This story of heaven and hell is profound and one that most people do not like to address. With almost 80 percent of Americans believing in heaven and only 45 percent believing in hell, it is clear that the concept of a literal hell is something most want to avoid. In this message, as part of the national "Who's Your...


Jesus Is Alive

When Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John found the grave of Christ empty, they never thought that he could have risen from the dead. They immediately went to the worst-case scenario - that Jesus's body had been stolen. Yet, Jesus was alive. He is alive. This message reminds us that while we fear and seek answers, he is calling us to himself.


Good Friday 2019

Seven pastors preaching seven minutes each on the seven last words of Christ from the cross. Order of messages: 1. Barry Townsend, Elevation Church (Luke 23:34) 2. Russell Franklin, Hickory Grove Baptist Church (Luke 23:43) 3. David Tarkington, First Baptist Church of Orange Park (John 19:26-27) 4. Brian Hoffman, Oak Harbor Baptist Church (Matthew 27:46) 5. Rick Wheeler, Jacksonville Baptist Association (John 19:28) 6. Elijah Simmons, Norwood Community Church (John 19:30) 7. Andres...


Guest Speaker - Daniel Ritchie

Daniel was born without arms. He has shared his story in numerous venues and in his biography. However, through his affliction, God has been glorified. Daniel is a pastor and teacher and speaks clearly about the grace of God and how his life has been shaped by God for God's glory, not his own.


The Vision Drives the Mission

Using the story of Nehemiah, Pastor David relays and reminds the church of God's vision for the work being done locally and globally and how the mission, or strategy of ministry must follow the vision, not the other way around.


013 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 6:10-24)

The most popular section of the book of Ephesians is likely this one - focusing on the full armor of God. While this is essential, there is the possibility of missing the point of the passage while focusing solely on the elements of the armor. In this message Pastor David Tarkington looks at the passage and how we are to daily live strong, stand firm, and pray. This, all while keeping our "armor" on.


012 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 6:5-9)

In the third of Paul's "Household Codes" he addresses the relationship between a bondservant and his master. This relationship may be challenging to parallel to our current culture and modern circumstances, but the bondservant/slave relationship to his master is not one to ignore. The principles here are powerful and applicable to all who submit to others (which would be all of us.)


011 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 6:1-4)

God's instructions for how children and parents are to relate are clear. This is the second of "Paul's Household Codes" as because it's from God's inerrant Word, is timeless and as relevant today as in the day it was penned under inspiration of the Holy Spirit.


010 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 5:18-33)

What the Bible says about abstaining from drunkenness and responsibilities in marriage reveal how Christians must be filled with the Spirit and live accordingly.


009 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 5:1-17)

Paul speaks pastorally and even as a parent to the new believers who make up the church at Ephesus. However, these words are not just to an ancient people from a long dead church leader. The Holy Spirit gave the words to Paul to speak and these words resonate with us today. In this message Pastor David looks to Ephesians 5, but then goes back to the Old Testament teachings regarding high places, to help us see how our past sins (which do not own nor define us) can come back to trap us. This...


008 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 4:17-32)

There is a message of identity through this section of Paul's letter to the church. Christians are to remember that they are not who they were. They must know their past does not define, nor own them. This is not just an ancient issue, but a current one in the church as well.


007 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 4:1-16)

What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of your calling? This is a powerful passage to the church and all Christians should take it to heart. So often in our world, the walk is not worthy and the effects are deadly.


006 - Who Is Jesus? (The Hulk Heresy of Apollinarianism)

Years ago a man named Apollinaris sought to protect the teaching of the divinity of Christ, but in so doing, actually created a heresy that stripped away portions of Christ's essence, causing more confusion and danger as the error was espoused. While there may not be any self-proclaimed Apollinarians today, the fact remains that portions of this heresy still seep into churches. Discovering this teaching in your church could cause you to get angry...and as we know "you wouldn't like me when...


006 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Paul's doxology reveals how overwhelmed he is with the grace of God.


005 - Who Is Jesus? (The Green Lantern Heresy of Adoptionism)

The Adoptionist belief teaches that Jesus was human and simply adopted by God to be his Son. This belief grew from the influence of the Ebionites and throughout church history under different leaders and teachers. What grew in Europe in the first millennia came to America as the new nation was launching with some prominent forefathers and Americans holding to the teaching. The teaching still exists today and unwittingly, some actually adhere to it, believing they are truly holding to the...


005 - Self Portrait (Ephesians 3:1-13)

Paul begins chapter 3 then steps aside to share something in a parenthetical statement regarding the unity between Gentile believers and Jewish believers in the church. This message speaks of the mystery of the gospel, the mission of the gospel, and the message (which is embodied in the messengers) of the gospel.


004 - Who Is Jesus? (The Thor Heresy of Arianism)

Years ago a man named Arius battled with a church leader named Alexander. In order to distance himself from Alexander, he created a doctrine that overtook the church for a time. The doctrine was called Arianism and declared that God the Father created God the Son and through the Son all was created. The heresy was that he stated there was a time when Jesus did not exist. This heresy was defeated at the Council of Nicaea and later, after a battle among church leaders, removed from church...